Fight the Fracture IOF Survey 2017

Background and Methodology

Fight the Fracture, a public education campaign, aims to empower patients who have suffered a fragility fracture and their caregivers to proactively seek medical professional help in secondary care prevention ‒ the prevention of a subsequent fracture. The campaign will provide them with educational information, tools and resources. With this support in place, we envision patients will have a better understanding and awareness of fragility fractures and a common underlying cause, osteoporosis. Our goal is to encourage them to take the necessary steps to initiate a conversation with their doctor toward improved, proactive management of their condition.

Supported by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and Amgen, the Fight the Fracture-IOF Survey 2017 was conducted in June 2017, through interviews with 400 patients who have suffered a fragility fracture across five Asia Pacific countries/territories – Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. All patients surveyed had suffered a fracture within the last two years and are aged 60 or older.

Key Findings

A Failure to Connect
New survey shows patients in Asia Pacific fail to recognise that their fragility fracture is due to osteoporosis and miss the opportunity to prevent another fracture:

  • Nearly half of patients who have suffered a fracture do not know that it is a warning sign for osteoporosis.
  • Almost 40% of patients were not sure, or did not believe that they are at risk of having another fracture, whether at the same or different site.
  • Although a majority of patients (78%) claim they know what osteoporosis is, over 80% of patients believe that weak bones are an inevitable feature of the normal ageing process.
  • Nearly one-third (29%) of patients did not discuss fracture prevention and osteoporosis, the underlying cause, with their doctor..

What’s the Danger?

  • Almost 80% of patients say their fractures have had a great impact on their quality of life.
  • Almost three quarters (74%) of patients in Asia Pacific who have had a fragility fracture say they are worried, or very worried, about breaking another bone.

The earlier the diagnosis, the better:

  • 3 out of 4 (75%) of patients with early diagnosis of osteoporosis agree it was key in preventing another fracture.
  • 4 out of 5 (80%) of patients with late diagnosis of osteoporosis wish they had received it earlier as they feel they would have benefited from it.

Country-specific findings

Hong Kong

  • 66% of patients with fragility fractures believe that their fall was the sole cause of their fracture.
  • More than 8 in 10 believe that weak bones are inevitable and related to ageing.
  • 94% of patients have experienced a great impact on their quality of life due to their fracture.
  • 98% of patients are worried or very worried about breaking another bone.
  • Nearly half of patients with early diagnosis of oseoporosis agree it was key in preventing another fracture.
  • Two-thirds of patients with late diagnosis of osteoporosis wish they had received it earlier.

Japan

  • 78% of patients with fragility fractures believe that their fall was the sole cause of their fracture.
  • 83%  believe that weak bones are inevitable and related to ageing
  • Almost half of patients have experienced a great impact on their quality of life due to their fracture.
  • 49% of patients are worried or very worried about breaking another bone.
  • 70% of patients with early diagnosis of osteoporosis agree it was key in preventing another fracture.
  • Almost one-third of patients with late diagnosis of osteoporosis wish they had received it earlier. 

Singapore

  • Nearly half of patients with fragility fractures believe that their fall was the sole cause of their fracture.
  • More than 7 in 10 believe that weak bones are inevitable and related to ageing
  • 74% of patients have experienced a great impact on their quality of life due to their fracture.
  • 42% of patients are worried or very worried about breaking another bone.
  • 62% of patients with early diagnosis of osteoporosis agree it was key in preventing another fracture.
  • 89% of patients with late diagnosis of osteoporosis wish they had received it earlier. 

Taiwan

  • More than 1 in 5 patients with fragility fractures believe that their fall was the sole cause of their fracture.
  • More than 8 in 10 believe that weak bones are inevitable and related to ageing
  • 80% of patients have experienced a great impact on their quality of life due to their fracture.
  • 84% of patients are worried or very worried about breaking another bone.
  • 62% of patients with early diagnosis of osteoporosis agree it was key in preventing another fracture. 
  • 84% of patients with late diagnosis of osteoporosis wish they had received it earlier.

Thailand

  • More than 1 in 5 patients with fragility fractures believe that their fall was the sole cause of their fracture.
  • More than 8 in 10 believe that weak bones are inevitable and related to ageing
  • 100% of patients have experienced a great impact on their quality of life due to their fracture.
  • 97% of patients are worried or very worried about breaking another bone.
  • 99% of patients with early diagnosis of osteoporosis agree it was key in preventing another fracture.
  • 96% of patients with late diagnosis of osteoporosis wish they had received it earlier.

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